COVID Relief Bill Passes with Help for Agriculture

Cindy Zimmerman

Agricultural groups and farm state lawmakers are pleased that the new COVID relief package passed by Congress last night includes help for producers excluded from previous aid legislation. Sen. John Thune (R-SD) says relief includes the Paycheck Protection Program for Producers Act. “The bill also includes funding to allow the Department of Agriculture to provide additional assistance to ag producers …

Audio, Biofuels, Dairy, Ethanol, Farming, Food, NCBA, Poultry

Agricultural Leaders Release Roadmap for Trade

Cindy Zimmerman

Farmers for Free Trade held a virtual press conference Tuesday to release a new report on the challenges and solutions for American agriculture on trade, supply chains and global competitiveness. The report is the culmination of a series of discussions across rural America with farmers, ag leaders and related industries including manufacturing and food producers and distributors. The report, organized …

Ag Groups, Agribusiness, AgWired Animal, Animal Agriculture, Audio, Corn, Dairy, Pork, Trade

2020 World Dairy Expo Cancelled

Cindy Zimmerman

For the first time in its 53-year history, World Dairy Expo® has been cancelled. The World Dairy Expo Executive Committee reached this difficult decision based on the public health orders and restrictions related to COVID-19, in place and issued by Public Health Madison & Dane County. World Dairy Expo 2020 was set to take place at the Alliant Energy Center …

AgWired Animal, Animal Agriculture, Dairy, World Dairy Expo

Examining the Environmental Hoofprint of Beef

Carrie Muehling

While COVID-19 is presenting plenty of short-term challenges for the cattle industry, Alltech’s Dr. Vaughn Holder remains focused on a bigger picture of providing food security for a rapidly growing global population. “The fact of the matter is that ruminants are the only animals that are able to convert feeds that are inedible to humans to actual high quality products …

AgWired Animal, Alltech, Animal Agriculture, Beef, Dairy

Alltech Specialists Help Producers Cope with COVID-19

Carrie Muehling

Protecting farm workers is paramount during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Jorge Delgado, Alltech on-farm dairy training specialist. Delgado said the company is now using online platforms to train workers on dairy farms across the country how to be more efficient, productive and engaged while staying safe and healthy. “Finding workers to milk cows is extremely difficult,” said Delgado. “If …

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FMH Adds Dairy Revenue Protection to Farm Insurance Solutions

Cindy Zimmerman

Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance Company of Iowa (FMH) will begin offering the federal crop insurance product Dairy Revenue Protection (DRP) beginning this July, further expanding FMH’s Complete Farm Insurance Solutions™ product suite. DRP protects against losses in milk revenue caused by changes in market prices and production, giving dairy producers peace of mind when it comes to the challenge of …

Crop Insurance, Dairy

Dairy Checkoff Helping Producers Weather COVID-19

Cindy Zimmerman

Leaders of the dairy checkoff are working to help U.S. dairy farmers during these challenging times. Dairy Management Inc. (DMI), which manages the national dairy checkoff on behalf of 35,000 farmers, has prioritized work focused on three key areas: schools, hunger and foodservice and industry partnerships. Leaders outlined a shift in its business plan in a letter to USDA Secretary …

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Dairy Groups Call for Direct Aid

Cindy Zimmerman

Groups representing dairy farmers and cooperatives in the Midwest are urging the federal government to provide direct aid to farmers and to expedite the purchase of additional dairy foods due to unprecedented disruptions in supply and demand due caused by the COVID-19 national emergency. In a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the groups cited the mass closure of …

Audio, Dairy

New Peterson Bros Video Will Rock You

Cindy Zimmerman

The newest Peterson Farm Bros video takes Queen’s “We Will Rock You” to the dairy farm for “We Will Milk Cows.” A little break from the coronavirus news and a reminder that farmers will still be working no matter what to make sure everyone has milk to drink and food to eat on lock down!

Dairy, Video

Prospects for a Prosperous Dairy Economy

Cindy Zimmerman

Former U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, who is now president and CEO of the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC), is hopeful about the future for the nation’s dairy industry despite current struggles. “Domestic consumption of dairy products has, for the first time in a long while, equaled the production of dairy,” said Vilsack during a Newsmaker Session at the NAFB …

Audio, Dairy, NAFB